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Dog Tooth Extraction: What to expect

Sometimes, dogs may require tooth extraction by a veterinarian to aid in the healing of their mouth. In this article, veterinarians from Oakland share information about the process.

Dog Tooth Extractions

Vets can surgically remove one or more dogs' teeth. They might remove the whole tooth, including the roots, or just the visible part above the gums. 

When is removing dog teeth necessary?

If a dog's tooth sustains severe damage and cannot be repaired, removing it is the best course of action. This action prevents the development of any infection that could cause further pain to your furry friend. Tooth extractions are often necessary for dogs to alleviate discomfort and maintain optimal oral health.

Following Your Dog's Tooth Extraction

It is important to note that your dog's teeth are held in place by roots, with as many as three roots holding an individual tooth in place. They could extract the tooth only or remove the root as well. During dental surgery, your dog will be under anesthesia, and our veterinarians follow stringent surgical protocols to ensure the procedure is safe and successful.

The vet may take an X-ray or perform a CT scan to check the health of the tooth roots. For more prominent teeth with multiple roots, a high-speed dental drill is used to split the tooth into fragments, each with only one root attached. Smaller teeth with a single root can be removed in their entirety without this extra step. 

Potential Dog Tooth Extraction Complications

It's rare for dogs to have complications after tooth extractions at the vet's office. If they do occur, they typically fall into a few categories: incomplete healing of dental cavities, remnants of removed teeth, or damage to their jaw bone. 

What can you expect after tooth extraction on your dog? 

After a tooth extraction, your dog should recover fairly quickly, and you can usually take them home on the same day as the procedure. While there might be a little bit of blood in their saliva, there shouldn't be any significant bleeding. However, you should contact your vet immediately if you notice excessive bleeding.

Our veterinarians in Oakland recommend refraining from feeding your dog hard foods until the area heals. If your dog eats primarily hard kibble, it can be softened in water before serving. Similarly, we suggest avoiding playing tug-of-war until your dog fully recovers from the tooth extraction.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Does your dog have a tooth that is causing pain and may require an extraction? Contact our Oakland vets today to have your pup cared for.

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